thai food myth


Thai cuisine became popular over the years, not only in Asia but all over the continent. But with that opinion was thrown and connotations – Thai food myth – are formed. 

In the past 15 years, the Thai population in America has doubled in size, and it’s a community that opens a lot of restaurants. If you’re looking at the ratio to a community’s population, there are ten times more Thai than Mexican restaurants in the United States. 

We wanted to know how Thai restaurants first became popular in the U.S. and what fueled their spread across the country. You might be surprised to find the Thai government and Hollywood had a lot to do with it.

People who have tasted the food often make remarks that, after a long time, turn into a generalized opinion. It became people’s first impression of the dish. 

But do you believe it to be the truth? 

Have you tried or just heard the opinion about it? 

Or would you be willing to be the judge? 

Today, let us clear/answer common opinion about Thai gastronomy – is it just a myth or a fact?

Thai Food MYTH OR FACT NO. 1: All Thai food is spicy.

This one is a Thai food myth. Let me correct it with – SOME Thai food is spicy. Many delicious, traditional Thai dishes are neutral in terms of spice, but all of them are oozing with flavor!

Also, you can choose the spiciness level of your food. Cool right? Accordingly, if you are not into spicy food, there are other dishes that you can choose from that are not piquant. Scrap off this myth and try non-spicy Thai food if you are not a fan of it. The good thing is you have a choice if you want something spicy or not – the cuisine offers both.

For those that are spicy, what makes them spicy is often the red hot chili pepper! Besides, you’ll find dishes with ginger, garlic, mustards, and curries. However, the stereotype that all Thai dishes are full of spice is not the truth. The variety is there, and makes Thai cuisine quite vast, ensuring there’s a dish for everyone.

Thai Food MYTH OR FACT NO. 2: Thai dishes always use coconut milk.

Coconut milk is used a lot in Thai food, mainly in curries and desserts. Cooks get it from finely grated, mature, coconut flesh. And it’s not the bright, refreshing, coconut water that you find inside a young green coconut served as a drink. You can only use mature coconut flesh can as it is the only one that gives creamy milk.

However, this is a Thai food myth. There are many famous dishes like curries and Tom yum that use coconut milk, but it is not ALWAYS. Other recipes don’t need coconut milk like grilled chicken, pad thai, deep-fried Thai tilapia herb, papaya salad, and many more. You have the liberty to try dishes with coco milk if you want it creamy, yet you can try other recipes without this ingredient – both of which are authentic and flavorful Thai dishes.

Thai Food MYTH OR FACT NO. 3: Thai cuisine, being Asian in origin, uses rice in many of its dishes – including dessert.

Yes, this is a fact. Thai cuisine has a dessert called sticky mango rice or just sticky rice. Thai nourishment made use of this crop in fried rice and, as mentioned, dessert. Give this sweet course a try and, you’ll be surprised by the burst of flavor from the sweetness of the mango and creaminess of coconut milk that goes well with sticky rice.

Thais eat two kinds of rice: the standard white type and glutinous, or sticky, rice. Sticky rice rolled into a ball is the main rice eaten in northeastern Thailand. You can also find it in desserts throughout the country. Rice is eaten at almost every meal and even made into flour used in noodles, dumplings, and desserts.

Thai Food MYTH OR FACT NO. 4: Thai dishes are just for vegetarian.

Contrary to popular belief that Thai food is leafy cuisine, there is a menu for meat-eaters as well. Accordingly, you can customize the inclusions to your interest. Do you like beef, pork, chicken, just veggies, or fish? Yes, they can modify it to your liking. So, it is not just for vegetarians. It is actually for everyone.


We hope that this shed some light on the connotation of Thai food myth. What are you waiting for? Visit Irving’s Yummy Thai and be the judge! This restaurant caters to an authentic Thai cuisine – both spicy/non-spicy, with or without coconut milk, and with rice as dessert!

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